I had previously owned a RIR cross rooster that was human aggressive and he flogged my Mom twice. Shortly after that I hatched 3 more human aggressive RIR crosses. I craigslisted all four of them and ordered some hatching eggs in hopes that I could get a nice human friendly rooster. I told myself I would never again put up with human aggressive roosters and I would never again have any RIRs, hens or otherwise because they've always been ruthless. About 8 months ago I hatched one BLRW rooster and one Swedish Flower Rooster. I had high hopes for both and neither of them showed any aggression until well after they started crowing. My Swedish Flower Rooster was hard on the hens and downright rough when taking food from my hands; he wouldn't even try to miss my fingers. I kept him because he was otherwise friendly and curious. Then one day he made the mistake of trying to flog me when I reached down to pet him. I quickly put him in his place but decided that I didn't want any babies off a rooster with that kind of tendency so he got craigslisted too.
That left me with Chester, my BLRW. Chester has been a wonderful roo. He is gentle with the hens, very alert to potential threats and I get along with him great. He takes food from my hand so carefully and gently you would think he was some sort of English butler. There's just ONE problem. He doesn't like my husband and my husband doesn't like him. I thought at first my husband was being paranoid about Chester running behind him. I would say "honey, he's just following you, you're just gun shy because of the RIR roosters we had." Then one day I observed Chester's "following" and there was no mistaking it, he does not like my husband one bit! I can assure you that my husband did nothing to deserve this kind of discrimination. Chester will without fail give my husband the challenge stance every time he sees him. He'll sort of stand sideways with his head down pecking at nonexistent objects while giving my husband the stare down and when he starts to walk away Chester will immediately bolt after him until my husband stops and turns around and then he will stop dead in his tracks. Chester doesn't like my niece either but that's sort of understandable because she will constantly chase the hens around picking them up and putting them down and she's also small. He went after her one day but fortunately didn't hurt her because he doesn't have big spurs yet and hasn't perfected "the flog." He doesn't seem to mind my mom or other females but I have seen him give the stance to a male visitor. He's also tried to go after the dog who was with my husband at the time.
My husband wants permission to give Chester the boot if he goes after him. I told him he could as long as he took care to not injure Chester but I'm not sure this won't make the situation worse. I'm not sure if Chester doesn't like him because he doesn't recognize him as a boss or because he perceives him as some sort of threat. I know it's mostly my fault that I end up with roosters like this because I raise them to be so tame. I spend a lot of time with them from chicks to adulthood and I talk to them to get them to associate positive things with my voice. I just wish I could raise a tame, non human aggressive rooster, do they even exist?!
In the meantime, does anyone have suggestions for Chester that doesn't involve craigslist, the stew pot or any other cooking device?
Here's my big handsome fellow although he is much bigger and prettier now: